A whole weekend spent in the British capital has been a long time coming, especially when Euston station is just 2 hours from my adopted city, and so many friends have upped sticks for a life in the big smoke. London is a city that has always fascinated me, partially due to scarce visits, but also because of the buzzing atmosphere and culturally contrasting boroughs. And the fact that you can find any kind of music performed live, every night of the week - to this little country girl, thatâ€™s pretty much incredible.
Friday night was spent at Kingâ€™s Cross for a friend of a friendâ€™s 30th birthday, to which we got home late, and I collapsed onto my cosy, made-up sofa bed. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever fallen asleep so quickly. Most of Saturday morning was spent snoozing, followed by a late breakfast on the decking. By 1pm, Â Jenna, Lizzy and I were out and on the tube to Chelsea.
We made a beeline for Bluebird cafe on Kingâ€™s Road. A hot-spot for the cast of Made In Chelsea, the three of us didnâ€™t sit down for a good five minutes as we were scanning the room for familiar MIC faces! When we finally did, we had cappuccinos and lattes at the bar, admired the well-dressed families who were out for Saturday lunch and took #ShamelessSelfies.
We then went to Sloane Square and popped into Liz Earle. Of course, I had to stock up on my favourite cleanser of all time.
After wandering around the back streets of Chelsea and cooing at the gorgeous townhouses, we took the Circle line to Notting Hill Gate. One of my favourite spots of the whole weekend, here we found George Orwellâ€™s house, Portobello Road markets and of course, The Hummingbird Bakery. You can tell I loved it here because I was too busy taking it all in to get snap happy!
Weâ€™d booked to see Man of Steel at the Everyman cinema in Belsize Park on Saturday night, so before the film, Lizzy took us to a restaurant in Kentish Town called The Chicken Shop. Weâ€™d been so busy during the day that lunch completely bypassed us, so by the time we sat down to eat, we were starving!
The food at The Chicken Shop was INCREDIBLE, and Iâ€™m not just putting that down to the fact that we were so hungry! Like a much more upscale Nandoâ€™s, with amazing service (the waitress realised we were in a rush, so made a table for one into a table of three for us!) and a barely lit, cosy-cool atmosphere, I would go back there right now for that plate of chicken. We ordered a whole chicken between us, two portions of crinkle-cut chips and a bowl of corn on the cob. It was all gone within about 5 minutes!
The sparkly one!
With a minute to spare, we hailed a taxi to the Everyman cinema. We took some snaps of the inside entrance before ordering three teas (like old women!) and getting comfy on big, squishy, reclining chairs.
On Sunday, we woke up much earlier as Lizzy had booked us brunch at the Duck & Waffle. We decided to Boris bike to the restaurant, which was so much fun but a little bit scary when crossing some busy main roads! The route took us all along the Embankment, and it was so scenic and pretty.
On the 40th floor of Heron Tower, youâ€™ll find the Duck & Waffle, which houses the best views of London, as well as the tastiest waffles youâ€™ll ever try in your life.
The Duck & Waffle is just round the corner from Old Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch and Brick Lane, so we spent the rest of the day exploring East. Shoreditch and Columbia Road were my favourite spots in the East, and a part of London Iâ€™d most like to live if I were to choose anywhere. I loved the way people dressed here - girls wore long culottes with ankle socks and brogues, and Mum jeans with Nikes and oversized, tucked in sweaters, while the tall, skinny boys wore ankle-grazing, acid wash skinny jeans, loafers and dirty, messy hair. I couldâ€™ve photographed hundreds of outfits that I loved.
Finally, we wandered over to Columbia Road for their Sunday flower market, and the whole weekend was topped off with a sighting of one of my favourite celebrities of all time, Mr Russell Brand. He was looking dapper in a suit whilst having lunch in James Dairy cafe with some friends.
I canâ€™t believe how much we did in three nights and two days, and I canâ€™t wait to go back down soon for more. Iâ€™ve come away feeling so inspired. Thank you so much to Webbster and Sparkles for making the weekend so perfect and fun, it was one I wonâ€™t forget for a very long time.
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